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Dec 11, 2012 11:00pm PST
would live to see in my beloved michigan. protestors fighting for the very existence of the unions that built that state. that built the middle class. that built this amazing country. someone, please tell me what are we becoming? >> jennifer: tonight we're going to go straight to the state of michigan where more than 10,000 protestors descended on lansing, the capitol to raise their voices against harsh new anti-labor laws. >> right to work has got to go! >> he wants to turn us around make $10 an hour, what are we going to do for our families? >> jennifer: preach it, sir. despite the uproar outside the capitol, inside it, the republican-led legislature still passed right-to-work legislation today. that legislation would muzzle the union voice in michigan by taking away the requirement that everyone who's in a union shop should pay union dues. you might ask why is that a big deal. well if not everyone's required to pay you're going to have people who enjoy the advantages of a union better pay and better benefits
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Dec 12, 2012 2:00am PST
'm eliot spitzer. this is "viewpoint." first it was wisconsin. then indiana. now michigan is the latest midwestern state where republican governor is eviscerating the pouf of the unions. michigan today became the 24th state to enact so-called right-to-work laws. much like the michigan senate last week, along party lines the house approved right-to-work legislation which prohibits unions from requiring members to pay dus. without hesitation earlier this evening, governor snyder signed the bill into law. there is a simple reason that laws like the one signed earlier are bad policy and bad economics. there's nothing wrong with a tough negotiation between a governor and labor unions or between a ceo and his workers. economic reality has to drive such negotiations. when i was governor, i negotiated hard but change the rules so workers cannot be effectively represented by a union takes away a fundamental right of workers to be represented on matters central to their economic well-being. it is one thing to be toug
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Dec 6, 2012 11:00pm PST
start picking a fight with michigan union workers. [ music ] >> this is a fight for the survival of labor unions and the american middle class they support. just minutes ago, the michigan house of representatives passed the so-called "right to work bill." it passed 58 to 52. six republicans voted know, but the bill passed. and believe me if they can do this in michigan they can do it anywhere in the country. it gives new meaning to the term "lame-duck session." the bill basically eviscerates bargaining. it's a move to cut off the resources that give labor unions their strength. in addition to people funding, we have seen this work before. there is no doubt what's going on here. it is a war on unions. it is a war on the democratic party. today, a lansing state journal photographer captured this video as waves of union sportupporters and police flooded the state capitol trying to stop the bill. the capitol was locked down. police say they arrested eight people inside, and even used a chemical spray to regain control control. outside, union supporters mar
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Dec 12, 2012 3:00am PST
has declared war on you. it started in wisconsin. is spread to ohio. it has hopped up to michigan they are out to destroy working families families, and we intend to fight back. we will get into that and you bet. a lot more. let's get the latest. current news update from lisa ferguson out in los angeles. hi, lisa. good morning to you. >> hey, bill. good morning to you. good morning everyone. president obama is begin talking his fiscal cliff plans today. he will be on a conference call from the white house with a bi-partisan group of mayors and community leaders. the group will focus on how to prevent taxes from going up from middle class americans along with finding ways to grow the economy and reduce the deficit. turning to syria this morning, president obama is now stepping up pressure on bashar asaad with his official recognition of syria's opposition group. here with an interview with barbara walters. >> we have made a decision that the syrian opposition coalition is inclusive enough is reflective and representative enough of the syrian populat
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Dec 13, 2012 3:00am PST
about all of that and get all of latest including what's happening out in the state of michigan. but first, we take time out for today's current news update. lisa ferguson's got it out in los angeles. hi, lisa. good morning. >> hey bill. good morning everyone. americans are calling for a major overhaul of the republican party. especially when it comes to the g.o.p.'s pro rich policies. according to a new bloomberg national poll, 87% of people say it's time for some type of change. even support within the republican party is low. only 16% of g.o.p. members think their party is fine the way it is. nbc news "wall street journal" poll shows favorability is slipping. only 30% of those respondents see the party in a positive light. 45% say they don't approve. at issue here is the view of republicans as the party of the rich. voters say it is time to broaden the base and change what they value. some big topics include gay marriage immigration and abortion rights. if republicans are looking to change their stanc
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Dec 11, 2012 3:00am PST
. bill yes indeed. president obama in michigan, joining the fight against the right-to-work legislation. good morning everybody. it is tuesday december 11. you're watching the full-court press here on current tv and you're listening to it on your local talk radio station and on sirius x.m. this hour. welcome, welcome, welcome to the program. here we go as we tackle the issues of the day here on this tuesday, december 11. and, of course, give. >> chance to get involved in the conversation. not just to hear what's going on but to talk about what it means to you. you can follow us on twitter at bpshow and we'll read a lot of your comments on the air. you can follow us on facebook. facebook.com/billpressshow. you can give us a call at 1-866-55-press and you can join the chat room yourself and talk to other listeners and viewers to the program this morning across the nation. go to current.com. follow the click to the chat room and you are in. you're look good this morning. good to have you on board with te
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Dec 12, 2012 2:00pm PST
music ♪] >> jennifer: let's start tonight in flint michigan. the city about an hour north of detroit. this is my map of michigan and it's a place with a long list of dubious distinctions. it has the highest crime rate of any michigan city the highest number of abandoned properties in the nation and last year it was the number one most violent city in the country. it also is one of the poorest cities. compare that to michigan overall which is at 16%, the 14% is the national figure. it is a sad picture, even more so because of flint's history as the center of the american manufacturing industry. it's the birthplace of this country's labor movement. in 1960, flint was michigan's second largest city 200,000 people. it also had a vibrant middle class, it's public school system was a model for the nation and that was due in large part to the strength of its labor unions and the large number of manufacturing workers living in flint. they took over a factory and they didn't leave until they reached a deal with management. workers occupied several general motor's plants. n
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Dec 13, 2012 2:00am PST
: it is not just unions under attack in michigan. it's also the unlikely local in the g.o.p.'s continuing war on women. that's next. i'll be joined by the attorney general in new york who has set out to she had light shed light on thehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehe on to me now? you know the the kind of guys that do reverse mortgage commercials? those type. those types are coming on to me all the time now. >>> she get's the comedians laughing... >>>that hilarious. >>>and the thinkers thinking. joy>>>okay so. there's wiggle room in the ten commandments is what you're telling me? >>she's joy behar. joy>>>and the best part is that current will let me say anything. what the hell were they thinking? >>>> only on current tv. brought to you by geico 15 minutes can save you 15% or more on car insurance. visit geico dot com for a free rate quote. >> eliot: while all eyes and ire have been focused on the union-busting right to work passed through a lame duck michigan legislature, many by members who have been booted out of office, it was an all too familiar target. if you
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Dec 10, 2012 2:00pm PST
, the coach brothers, the president, it seems michigan has a little something for everyone these days. [♪ theme music ♪] insicuderr "the war room," i'm michael shure sitting in for jennifer granholm. tonight the fight rages on in michigan. the new front line for the battle for worker's rights in this country. the uaw is founded there, but republican lawmakers are now threatening to cripple it there. this is pure and simple union busting. these right to work laws have already had serious impacts across the country. wages for all workers, unionized and otherwise have decreased an average of $1,500 a year and workers are less likely to get health insurance or pensions. during the campaign any president voiced strong support the unions but as we know campaigning a very different from governing. things didn't look too promising this morning. so let's let the president speak for himself on this one. here he is in red ford, michigan late this afternoon. >> obama: what we shouldn't be doing is taking away your rights to bargain for better wages. these so-called right to w
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Dec 11, 2012 4:00pm PST
with you. we've got a powerful show for you tonight. first of all it got ugly in michigan, right to work laws the republicans are trying to push in. look what happened. >> he's got a gun! >> i'm going to tell you exactly how he got there. that was a fox contributor getting punched in the face. we'll tell you all about that in a minute. we'll go to zero dark 30. they got a torture scene in there. is that how we got bin laden? not at all. it makes me mad, as well. >> we've got fox on fox crime. >> all the white people didn't move. how great is that. >> i saw chris matthews on nbc i would say dog whistle. >> dog whistle. we'll talk to him later in the show. >> then we got oliver stone not a big deal. then we got richard rockefeller. i'll save it for later in the show. all right and plus, reality t.v. isn't real. who knew? crazy. it's go time. [ ♪ theme ♪ ] [ crowd chanting ] >> that's michigan, where the republicans are trying to jam through right to work laws. and 12,000 unionized workers showed up to protest. they reached capacity in the capitol building at 2,200. they shut out everyb
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Dec 10, 2012 4:00pm PST
to michigan, but did he finally stand up for workers? find out later in the show. do you know what else we have in the show for you? ed asner. he made this video. >> you have rich people peeing on poor people. >> how disgusting. do you have money? >> yeah. >> can i piss on you? >> cenk: damn. we'll show you the original video, we'll show you that, and we have ed right here on the show. and then the elbow of the day we have a little knockout. we'll go to politics, and then cause to celebrate. we have gay marriages in washington that started over the weekend. [ cheering ] >> cenk: what i'm amused by is people who see that celebration and go, o, how terrible. we'll talk about it all on tonight's show. you know what time it is, go time. [ ♪ theme music ♪ ] >> cenk: so off and on on this show we talk about money and politics. i think it's the number one issue over all other issues. for once i have an amusing fact about that for you guys. last couple of weeks of the election turns out republican dopers gave $86 million to mitt romney. thinking that he would win and this would put him over th
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Dec 10, 2012 3:00am PST
. the republican war on labor unions goes on and on in the state of michigan, from wisconsin to ohio and now to michigan we've got to fight back and we will. plus all of the news of the day. but first, we get the latest. start off with today's current news update from lease a ferguson standing buy out in los angeles. hi, lease a. good morning. >> hey, bill. good morning, everyone. as bill mentioned, president obama is taking his fiscal cliff campaign back on the road again today. he is headed today redford, michigan where he will tour a diesel plant and speak to middle class workers. he will push his plan to raise encloses above 250 -- to raise taxes above $250,000 a year. president obama met with house speaker boehner for the first time in more than three weeks. the house is still refuseing to pass obama's tax plan much less agree to other policies. josh earnest is not giving any details into yesterday's. some republicans are coming around on improving higher tax rates for the wealthy. bob corker said on fox news sunday, obama does have the upper hand on taxes
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Dec 13, 2012 2:00pm PST
this week in michigan. sure, you can make more money, i know, by skirting the edges. by not enforcing standards to ensure the health and well-being of our workers but i ask you... what is more important? a few bucks? or real people's lives? for more on this story i'm joined by labor and workplace reporter steven greenhouse. he's reported on the fire in bangladesh. he's reported on similar fire in pakistan that killed another 226 people. he's coming to us from new york. steven, welcome back inside "the war room." >> nice to be here. >> jennifer: so i'm curious in response to the bangladesh incident walmart released a statement saying that a supplier subcontracted work to this factory without authorization and in direct violation of our policies. today the statement says we have terminated the relationship with the supplier. will blaming the subcontractor get them out of this? >> walmart is one of the biggest producers in bangladesh. h and m uses many factories. it uses many subcontractors. walmart said we didn't know that th
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Nov 30, 2012 11:00pm PST
and it's tributaryies. so let's start up north in michigan, which is a beautiful little vacation community on the shore of one of the greatest lakes in the history of mankind in my opinion lake michigan. owning three marinas right now they can only open up right now because water levels are at historic lows. right now lake michigan is two feet below it's average. why? because of record drought after last summer's record-breaking heat. it's not just the great lakes. if you follow the illinois tributary leading up to lake michigan into feeding into the mississippi, you finally get to st. louis. there is a 180-mile stretch of river that has withered from a thousand feet wide to just a few hundred feet. then a little further down between thebes and eye crow, cairo illinois, there are the pinnacles. they're legendary for boat captains because they had to navigate around them. but now because of the low river levels, it's impossible to pass there. now the army corp of engineers have set to destroy the big rocks in 15. right now senators and house committee members have asked the federa
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Dec 17, 2012 11:00pm PST
. ♪ >> jennifer: last friday at 4:30 in the morning under the cover of darkness the michigan legislature passed a bill that would allow gun owners to carry concealed weapons into hospitals, churches bars stadiums day care centers and schools. and just a few hours after the legislature passed that bill 26 people including 20 children were killed. gunned down at the elementary school in sandy hook elementary. the governor said that has given him clear pause. i beg your rick snyder please veto those bills and stop the madness, but here is what he is up against. 24 michigan lawmakers are acting on behalf of alec that conservative group that drafts gun legislation for lawmakers, and alec has been bank rolled by the nra. michigan's alec chair cosponsored the extreme gun legislation that rammed through the house and senate last week. but this is not just about michigan. michigan has been passing some crazy bills these last few weeks, but this is much broader. alec's legislation has been used across the country to weaken gun laws. since 2009, 99-nra-backed alec laws have passed in
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Dec 12, 2012 9:00am PST
the tools in wisconsin, indiana and michigan. because we this -- they have to learn that these republicans aren't going to do -- >> stephanie: thank you, liz. i enjoyed your work as charlie brown's teacher. i don't know what was wrong with that call. was it me? [ applause ] >> she was using her "sports illustrated" sneaker phone. or football phone. whatever. >> stephanie: something about republicans in michigan. wa wa. she had some good points. >> speak directly into the clown's mouth. >> stephanie: right, okay. would you like fries? >> i want fries! >> stephanie: senator tom harkin, democrat of iowa yesterday. >> all of you negotiators who are now negotiating on this so-called fiscal cliff and stuff. keep your hands off medicare and keep your hands off medicaid. >> stephanie: that's what i was just saying in the article on the hill. it warms the cockles of my liberal heart. >> you almost said cobbles. >> stephanie: i wonder if he says -- >> roger hedge corn. >> stephanie: senator jay roc
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Dec 12, 2012 4:00pm PST
't know. we'll find out. we have boehner and the fight in michigan over the union. we'll talk about that, too. [ bullhorn ] >> back up! back up! back up! >> cenk: all right and if that wasn't enough we'll also do an elbow of the day. every day presents another exciting issue. from financial regulation, fraud on wall street. things everyday exploding around the world that leave no shortage for exciting conversations. at the end of the show, you know what has happened, why its happened and more importantly, what's going to happen tomorrow. [ ♪ theme music ♪ ] >> cenk: in mission the republicans in a panic passed the so-called right to work laws which, in fact, allow for freeloaders to let the union negotiate for them and then take advantage without todaying do yous. this was meant to weaken the unions and the unions are not happy about this. now they're going to lose five seats in the election in the legislature the republicans are, that's why they did that right before they leave office. they were angry than angrier than i was in the last segment and they had the americans for prosper
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Dec 18, 2012 2:00pm PST
, michigan governor snyder responded to the voices, our voices. he vetoed a bill to allow concealed weapons in schools. victory, a small victory but a victory. contact your representatives. you hired them. you are their employer. you get to tell them what to do. or you can fire them, they can get a new job. talk is cheap. and we can each actually do something. and it will make a difference. to paraphrase the great margaret mead, a small group of good people can change the world. it is the only thing that ever has. >> jennifer: so we've talked about the leadership needed to stem gun violence in this country, we need leaders in the gun industry to change their ways. we need lawmakers to lead on passing gun safety laws. we also need the entertainment industry to lead by helping to change this violent streak in our popular culture. you know in hollywood there's always talk about toning it down. but here's why we don't see any action. it's because violent films are just too profitable. so far this year, the three hig
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Dec 13, 2012 5:00pm PST
in michigan. i'm all for healthy debate about any issue but a debate must be based on the factions which is not the debate lou dobbs seems interested in. >> despite the president's misleading suggestions to the contrary michigan workers still tonight have the right to form and join a union. they still have the right to bargain, collectively. and what this law changes is forced union membership. i repeat, forced union membership. >> eliot: repeat it all you want no matter how many times you say it, it will still be flat-out wrong. federal law clearly prohibits unions from requiring membership. this has been made clear in a series of supreme court cases including 1963's national labor relations board v general motors. 195's pattern maker league v. national labors board. it states that workers are only required to pay a fee that covers collective bargaining and other actions from which they directly benefit and none of the unions political activities. just to make it clear mr. dobbs, they are not required to be a member of
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Dec 19, 2012 3:00am PST
to have an armed staff member and called gun control advocates naive. michigan will not allowed concealed carry in schools or churches. governor rick snyder vetoed that bill saying public institutions need the legal authority to ban weapons from their building if they choose. on both sides of the aisle opening up the gun control debate. speaker boehner is calling for a republican discussion on guns. in a closed door meeting, he did placate conservatives saying he will not do anything major but it is time to depoliticize the gun issue. the nra is ending its silence planning to hold a major news conference on friday. later this morning, president obama will formally announce his new task force on reducing gun violence. that's led by vice president joe biden. more bill coming up after the break. stay with us. let's rock and roll. there is so much going on that every day presents another exciting issue. from financial regulation, iran getting a nuclear bomb, civil war in syria, fraud on wall street, destruction of medicare and medicaid. there are real issues
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Dec 14, 2012 3:00am PST
, will be along in the next hour to talk about right to work in michigan and unsafe working conditions in bangladesh. but first. dan with the big story of the day. >> other head likes making news a big shake-up in college sports, seven schools have decided to leave the big east conference. they are all catholic de paul, market, providence seaton hall and villain offa where basketball is their primary sport, not football. 17 schools have left the big east since 2004. it's a mass exodus. 10 schools remain in the conference. no word positive where these 7 catholic schools are headed >> bill: where are they going? form form a catholic leave? >> they are leaving when looking up directions on your iphone you can now actually find your way again. google maps is available as a download in the appear store. a.m. gave in after it's maps were a failure. you can remove them. you can't delete your apple but put it on the last page of your desktop screen. iphone users have been without the most popular mapping service for three months. it's back as of yesterday af
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Dec 10, 2012 6:00am PST
'll talk about it. just saying. i can be bought. president obama travels to redford, michigan, today to speak at daimler detroit diesel. the company is expected to announce a $100 million plus investment that would expand u.s. production and jobs and also help them develop new technology. detroit deals has 2300 employees and it makes engines rear axles and transmissions. daimler is expected to say its truck division will be the first heavy duty vehicle maker in the u.s. to make all of the parts in one place. that means that the design process can end up being more efficient and the parts end up being more effective. president obama's trip to michigan comes at the same time that right to work legislation is teed up to be signed into law this week. the republican state house and senate jammed through the legislation last week and governor rick schneider who is also a republican, is likely to sign it tomorrow. labor union leaders say they've been told the president will address the right to work fight in today's speec
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Dec 19, 2012 2:00pm PST
gun restrictions a lot looser. >> jennifer: in michigan for example, there is a huge heritage and respect for hunting, and for democrats especially from urban areas have got to recognize and realize there is a way to have sensible gun safety and respect the second amendment without going whole hog and allowing full bore any kind of weapon you want. we have federally a ban on automatic weapons, on machine guns. why? because people at the time thought it was important. do you think that your pieces will hopefully push congress at least to act? >> that would be great, right? you used the word reasonable and sensible. i think this points to a key thing about this whole issue. the nra has been incredibly successful at causing political stalemate on this issue. they turn everything into a referendum on the constitution and attack on americanism -- on patriotism, so we have to move past that -- >> jennifer: we certainly do. and appreciate having facts on our side. mark thank you so much for joining us inside "the war room." senior editor with "mother jones." co
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Dec 13, 2012 9:00am PST
have got a gigantic win for america to tell you about. it happened yesterday in michigan. michigan became the 24th state to pass right to work legislation. what that means is you no longer have to join a union. you just don't have to -- you don't have to join it which is terrific, because there are a lot of people who don't want to. >> stephanie: karl? >> well you don't have to join. you get the same benefit that the union is fighting for, and you don't have to pay into it. >> stephanie: isn't that nifty. >> it's called the right to work for less state now until the voters overturn it shortly, or the 2014 elections happen whichever happen first. >> stephanie: you wait right there, governor walker and governor -- what is his name in michigan -- snyder. yeah you wait right there. karl frisch remains in the side car. seventeen minutes after the hour. kids -- at this point i have a whole archive of the times i made hannity, it is getting quite large. i would hate to lose it. >> how do you save it? >> stephanie: carbonite. >> i see. >> stephanie: i don't have time to
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Dec 14, 2012 6:00am PST
in michigan. the right not to be forced to pay union dues is enshrined in michigan and 23 other states. i think that is a flat-out good thing. >> stephanie: unless you are a worker in michigan. >> but he thinks pearl harbor was a good idea. >> stephanie: we have no evidence here at the "stephanie miller show" that he thinks that. ann coulter. >> all of the people who want to work have left the state. not all of them there are a few left behind. but this mob cannot learn -- they would put their hand on a burning fire over and over again. they haven't noticed that by supporting these unions they have lost the car companies. they have lost jobs. >> what? >> stephanie: the car companies were saved and so were millions of jobs. what? by the way another hannity letter for me. steph racial outreach carried across the ballroom by a black man and smooched. i bet hannity can't make that claim. >> as far as we know. >> stephanie: [ inaudible ] on the five. >> what was once a membership of hard-working men and women big labor has degenerated in to a group of thugs. [ overlapping
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Dec 7, 2012 6:00am PST
goobers. here is what you signed up for. cops and fairmen this includes you in michigan now too. you damn fools here is what you paid for. >> in other words turn them into mulch. >> stephanie: exactly. >> i'm going to filibuster mulch. [ laughter ] >> stephanie: sexy liberal john fugelsang he got in early so he snatched him and we'll have him all next hour as well. and of course in washington, d.c. with january 19th, which john fugelsang tickets going incredibly fast. >> incredibly fast especially because now we're going to have to do 400 shows in michigan this year. some see it, it could be the last chance to see aisha and hal -- >> stephanie: and chris and jim and jacki are opening the show for us. >> they are. and we're going to share one hotel room. >> we're going to share a mystery machine from scoopby do. >> stephanie: and a huge celebrity on the panel as well. >> joy behar is putting on comics for benefits. listen to this line up, stephanie and chris and jim -- >> stephanie: what? >> monday night at the 92nd street y current will be filming it, and it will be
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Dec 11, 2012 6:00am PST
gathering at the state capital in lancing, michigan as the city prepares for what could be the largest demonstration in history. the legislature has now rushed through right to work legislation, and governor rick snyder is expected to sign it today. police are on hand and limbed the number of people allowed in the common areas of the capitol. president obama said the right to work bill is not about economics and has everything to do with politics. taxpayers have now made a total of about $22.7 billion overall from the government's investment in the bank rescue. aig is now fully private again. and the british bank is going to pay the u.s. a $1.9 billion penalty for breaking u.s. sanction laws. they have transferred money through the u.s. to drug car tails and nations like iron. the sweatshirt is nice and all but i could use a golden lasso. the chill of peppermint. the rich dark chocolate. york peppermint pattie get the sensation. >> she gets the comedians laughing... >> that's hilarious! >> ...and the thinkers thinking. >> okay, so there's wiggle-room in the ten command
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Dec 11, 2012 9:00am PST
in lancing, michigan as the city prepares for what could be the largest demonstration in history. the legislature has now rushed through right to work legislation, and governor rick snyder is expected to sign it today. police are on hand and limbed the number of people allowed in the common areas of the capitol. president obama said the right to work bill is not about economics and has everything to do with politics. taxpayers have now made a total of about $22.7 billion overall from the government's investment in the bank rescue. aig is now fully private again. and the british bank is going to pay the u.s. a $1.9 billion penalty for breaking u.s. sanction laws. they have transferred money through every day presents another exciting issue. from financial regulation, fraud on wall street. things everyday exploding around the world that leave no shortage for exciting conversations. at the end of the show, you know what has happened, why its happened and more importantly, what's going to happen tomorrow. then how'd i get this... [ voice of dennis ] ...allstate safe dr
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Dec 14, 2012 9:00am PST
point. >> lying. it's the sport of the future! >> stephanie: okay. yorg in michigan. you are on the "stephanie miller show." hello yorg. you sound like you could be a romney kid. >> caller: yeah. i was just calling because it was about two months ago that i first saw the "stephanie miller show" on current. and i was like this exists? >> stephanie: what is this elusive creature. >> caller: yes. yes. i'm in the entertainment industry, and i actually on facebook and all of my sites, i don't usually talk about how liberal i am and i just wanted to know like how -- i mean how your life is -- because i also think that -- like being a liberal, you almost don't want to pigeon hole yourself as a liberal, which is different than like a republican -- i'm sorry right-wing, because they at least have their religion and all of that kind of stuff, where they can hold on to like they do have a doctrine and if it goes past that it's wrong. but for us -- >> stephanie: it's too late for me i actually have a big sign behind me that says talking liberally. [ laughter ]
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Dec 5, 2012 5:00pm PST
swing voters, the pennsylvania, michigan, ohio etc. who he no longer needs maybe he'll have the backbone to raise this issue. time is short tonight. i want you to come back in the next week or two because we've got to develop a strategy which elected officials we can say please, pick up this issue. run with it. it's your moral responsibility. there are others, john, i hope you'll help us to figure out who they might be. >> i would love to, and we need leadership in the media as well in washington. >> eliot: john rosenthal co-founder of to have handgun violence and the american hunters and shooters association. thank you for joining us tonight tonight. >> my pleasure. i look forward to coming back. >> eliot: next up, the deadline has arrived on climate change. will it pass with nothing happening? honest. they know that i'm not bs'ing them with some hidden agenda, actually supporting one party or the other. when the democrats are wrong, they know that i'm going to be the first one to call them out. they can question whether i'm right, but i think that the audience gets that this guy, t
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Dec 17, 2012 5:00pm PST
of history at the university of michigan, and still with me sam seder, ring of fire. professor, do you agree with me that if we went right at them we could win? >> oh, definitely. lobbyists could be ignored or defeated without great consequences for the elected representative but it's the fear that the rival will get an extra benefit, a little bit more money, maybe an angry constituency will turn against you, that causes i think elected representatives to pay too much attention to single issue lobbyist and the system is set up that they expect that there will always be somebody on the other side. and lobbyists only thrive when there aren't strong voices on the other side. >> eliot: what we're saying is complacency and cowardace. congressmen, bow and bend over and are afraid to stand up and say-- >> i think for democratic politicians there is a genetic defensiveness on this issue and it over states the power that the nra had. i see this as another social issue that right now there is a perception that it helps the right, but i think in four, maybe eight years down the road as they get further
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Dec 19, 2012 6:00am PST
who says it doesn't meet the test of balance. michigan governor rick snyder has vetoed a bill that would have allowed people to carry concealed weapon into a formerly gun-free zones like churches and schools. the michigan state legislature passed the law on thursday. but in the wake of friday's tragedy in newtown governor snyder has called for a more thorough review of the law. we need more thorough review of gun violence-related issues. he says the concealed carry bill needs to be looked at in a more comprehensive context. now this particular move is welcome news. however, "the huffington post" points out that snyder did find two other laws, one streamlines the process for buying handguns and the other gets rid of restrictions for rifle and shot gunn transactions between people in michigan and neighboring states. and florida governor rick scott insists though he complied with the law he's now going to look into the problems the state had during the past election. including the number of voting days being restricted
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support. today, we're not doing either one. in michigan, i signed a bill to raise the minimum wage to $7.40 an hour. that was six years ago. it needs to be raised again. the federal minimum wage is lower than that. it is now just $7.25 an hour. try, just try imagine earning $7.25 an hour and paying a mortgage or rent try living on $7.25 an hour and buying food, much less acquiring transportation in some way. forget clothing. that's a total luxury. this is a moral issue. but it is also an economic issue that's going to determine the vitality of our nation's recovery from recession. joining me now are two champions of the living wage fight. jonathan westin, director of fast food forward an organization that helped organize the strikes in new york. and linda archer is a current mcdonald's employee who's joined in the fight for better wages. they're joining us from new york. great to have you both inside "the war room" to share your story. really appreciate it. >> thank you. >> thanks for having us. >> jennifer
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